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Alliance for Water Efficiency News

Alliance for Water Efficiency News.

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AWE President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Hearing on S.1971, the “Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014”

2014-06-26

MAD2Testimony20140625On June 25, AWE President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy  & Natural Resources.  The purpose of the hearing was to hear testimony on S.1971, the “Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014.”  AWE provided testimony along with the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Congressional Research Service, and The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming – NYTimes.com

Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming – NYTimes.com.

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More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like construction and tourism into turmoil.

That is a picture of what may happen to the United States economy in a world of unchecked global warming, according to a major new report released Tuesday by a coalition of senior political and economic figures from the left, right and center, including three Treasury secretaries stretching back to the Nixon administration.

Don’t Waste that Wastewater | The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Don\’t Waste that Wastewater | The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

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One important study found that nearly 50 percent of existing coal-fired power plants have sufficient reclaimed water available within a 10-mile radius, and 75 percent have sufficient reclaimed water available within a 25-mile radius. DOE also concludes that we can significantly reduce the water dependency of power plants by switching to dry and wet-dry hybrid cooling technologies and by using alternative water sources instead of freshwater. This is powerful evidence of the enormous potential for energy companies and water utilities to work together to reduce the environmental impacts from – and the water-related vulnerabilities to – power plants.

In short, it’s time to stop wasting our wastewater and instead use it to protect our nation’s energy supply.”

Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance

Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance.

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Onsite Insight

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“Roddenberry Foundation Gives $5 Million to J. Craig Venter Institute for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Technology Development.”

Source:http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=428900007
J. Craig Venter Institute Press Release 7/10/13.

The J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, has announced a $5 million grant from the Roddenberry Foundation for the development of wastewater treatment technologies.

The grant will be used to fund the development of JCVI scientist Orianna Bretschger’s BioElectrochemical Sanitation Technology (BEST), which uses microbial fuel cells (MFC) to treat wastewater and improve sanitation and water accessibility in the developing world. As the microbes in MFCs break down the organic matter in sewage and other types of wastewater, they produce electrons. The rapid movement of electrons across a fuel cell circuit generates electricity while accelerating the breakdown of the organic matter, resulting in fewer treatment byproducts such as sludge. The efforts of Bretschger’s team already have led to the successful treatment of municipal wastewater and sewage sludge at a 100-gallon per-day scale, the amount of wastewater produced by a small household on a daily basis.

“Dr. Bretschger’s MFC sustainable wastewater treatment project is exactly the type of innovative, field-changing research that fits our mission,” said Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, president of the Roddenberry Foundation and son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. “Her use of microbes to convert human waste into clean water and electricity is another step toward making disease a thing of the past. Her work also moves us closer to a future where all humankind’s most basics needs are not just met but abundantly supplied. In the world of Star Trek, technology offers a catalyst to the natural world in making amazing things possible.”

Getting In The Spirit: Whisky Waste Being Turned To Energy | CIWM Journal Online

Getting In The Spirit: Whisky Waste Being Turned To Energy | CIWM Journal Online.

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Getting In The Spirit: Whisky Waste Being Turned To Energy

15-07-13(7)picCommercial operations have started at an 8.23MW whisky-to-energy facility that will have the ability to provide heat and power to around 9,000 homes.

The company running the facility, Helius Energy, have also revealed ambitious plans to develop a £300m, 10MW biomass plant at Avonmouth within the next few years.

The £60.5m biomass site, which is located in Speyside, Scotland, has already completed a successful trial period and was officially opened by Prince Charles in April. Of Scotland’s 100 whisky distilleries 50 are based in, or very close to, the location of the plant.

– See more at: http://www.ciwm-journal.co.uk/archives/2606#sthash.6p1U0wPU.dpuf

Getting In The Spirit: Whisky Waste Being Turned To Energy

15-07-13(7)picCommercial operations have started at an 8.23MW whisky-to-energy facility that will have the ability to provide heat and power to around 9,000 homes.

The company running the facility, Helius Energy, have also revealed ambitious plans to develop a £300m, 10MW biomass plant at Avonmouth within the next few years.

The £60.5m biomass site, which is located in Speyside, Scotland, has already completed a successful trial period and was officially opened by Prince Charles in April. Of Scotland’s 100 whisky distilleries 50 are based in, or very close to, the location of the plant.

– See more at: http://www.ciwm-journal.co.uk/archives/2606#sthash.6p1U0wPU.dpuf